Reports and Books
Gems-water operational guide
United Nations Environment Programme

This is the third edition of GEMS/WATER Operational Guide


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1992
Reports and Books
Global Biodiversity: status of the Earth's living resources
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth's living resources is the most comprehensive compendium of conservation information ever published. It provides the first systematic report on the status, distribution, management, and utilisation of the planet's biological wealth. With extensive use of tables, graphics and maps, it presents standardized and comparable data for 205 countries of the world. The report is divided into three sections: Part 1 documents diversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels, including micro-organisms, species extinctions and rates of habitat loss. Part 2 covers the benefits and values of biodiversity, focusing on wildlife utilisation, domestication and the economic valuation of diversity. Part 3 reviews the conservation and management of biodiversity at the national and international levels, including in situ and ex situ management, international conventions, and institutional and financial support. This authoritative reference-work will be an indispensable source of factual information for everybody involved in conservation and development - politicians, planners, resource managers, aid workers, scientists, journalists, and the concerned general public. The Global Biodiversity Strategy is a comprehensive set of guidelines and actions to save, study and utilise the Earth's biotic wealth. Published by the World Resources Institute, lUCN - The World Conservation Union, and the United Nations Environment Programme, it prescribes a decade of action to slow the loss of biodiversity by promoting its sustainable and equitable use. Global Biodiversity: Status of the Earth’s living resources provides the platform of scientific data upon which to implement the Strategy and to monitor its effects.


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1992
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Protected Areas of the World: a review of National Systems. Vol 1: Indomalaya, Oceania, Australia and Antarctic
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (United Nations Environment Programme-WCMC)

The book is organised into national (or occasionally sub-national) accounts, each comprising a description of the national protected areas system, accompanied by a summary list and map of protected areas. The book is divided into three volumes, with volume one covering the Indomalayan, Oceanian, Australian and Antarctic realms, volume two the Palearctic and Afrotropical realms, and volume three the Nearctic and Neotropical realms. Publication of such a book serves two purposes. First, it provides extensive background information on the protected area systems of the world, relevant to several plenary sessions and workshops at the IV World Congress on National Parks and Protected Areas. In particular, it is a contribution to the third plenary session The Contributions of Protected Areas to Sustaining Society: A Global Review. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly, it is also part of the process of information collection and verification. Feedback from protected areas professionals, and others familiar with protected areas, is therefore both welcomed and encouraged, because only by a continual process of review and update can we present a true picture.


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1992
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A Review of the Geology of Coral Reefs in the Red Sea. UNEP Regional Seas Reports and Studies No. 152
United Nations Environment Programme, Programme for the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

This review has been written in response to the rapid expansion of work on Red Sea reefs over the last two decades, and is an attempt to summarise our present-day knowledge about the kinds of reefs known in the Red Sea, and of their foundations and origins. This review cannot present the detail which is available in the source literature, but is intended to highlight the important literature and provide a useful starting point. One of the main problems of coral reef science in this region has been duplication of work caused by inadequate knowledge of the literature, and it is hoped that provision of such material in this single, summary document can also help to avoid this time-consuming and wasteful practice.


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1992

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